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RATINGS: 2863   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 417   ABV: 13.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party. But we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout-so big the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation we brought in some bourbon barrels to age the stout. One hundred and fifty days later, Bourbon County Stout was born-A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with a thick foam the color of bourbon barrels. The nose is a mix of charred oak, vanilla,carmel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said that its a great cigar beer, but I havent yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it." Brewmaster Greg Hall;
IBUs 60-High Color - Midnight
Was 11% abv,
2007 and 2008 - 13% abv
2011 - 14.5% abv
2012 - 15% abv
2013 - 14.9% abv
2014 - 14.4% abv
2015 - 14.2% abv
2016 - 13.9% abv

Editors Note: Baudoinia Fulton & Wood Series offering (And the Low Storage entry from FoBAB 2012) is simply Bourbon County Stout aged in the same barrels. It has been alted as it offers no different recipe or barrel type simply the presence of a distillers fungus on the barrels that adds no distinct characteristic to the beer from the fungus itself except for possible oxygen exposure changes. While Brewers Intent indicates that they consider it a new beer, no true distinction aside from this oxidation amount and possible aging time differences separates the beers. Its essentially a single barrel Bourbon County version something we have always treated as regular Bourbon County Stout in the past.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1875) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 9, 2007
2006 bottle from iowaherkeye. Initially it looks like its flat and has no head, but upon closer inspection you see tiny microbubbles of carbonation forcing their way through the thick as mud liquid. Glass feels heavy when filled with this monster too. Bourbon is clearly evident on the first whiff after opening the bottle. Smelled from the glass some nice oak highlights, combined with chocolate, bourbon, maltiness, and a hint of oxidation. First sip is great. Lots of flavor, some alchohol burn, plenty of sweetess. Tons of body. A very tasty sipper. Certainly best with cheese. Maybe I should give it a 4.2? Nah. Mostly because drinkability is slightly lower. A great and interesting beer though.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ganache (5773) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2007
My rating no. 1360, bottle obtained from porterhouse - thanks, Kevin! Bottled 8/16/05, drunk 9/30/07, fill line is high, right up on the crown. OMG huuuuge syrupy, medicinal chocolate and bourbon nose, loads and loads of non-roasted malt filling the room. Lesser notes of vanilla and wood, a touch of soy with some alcohol leaking in. Bourbon tends to dominate the other notes. Silky, soul-sucking black pour, opaque pitch resting body with a lacing, rocky, and tiny-bubbled dark brown head - gorgeous, dense stuff! Flavors only intensify with warmth. Taste is fat malt and predominately sweet bourbon, light wood to compliment and vanilla that sticks to the teeth and gums. Chocolate and light notes of roast. Touch of sweet burn (as the charred innards of a barrel might taste). Obesely thick body, very smooth, syrupy with slight pricking in the beginning and at the end. A long, really pleasant warming that settles in and wraps around you like a familiar blanket. I suppose this goes under straightforward rather than complex, but the designations not used pejoratively. Definitely a sipper (a bit of a kick to the face at times). Rich, relaxing, and - most importantly - a lot of fun!

Have to wonder if the roast was much stronger when this was fresh and just died over the last two years, or if this is the finished version.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at Chris_Os HogTownHarry minifest. Thanks to Harry. Thick opaque black with a slim tan head. Aroma of bourbon, peat. malt and sweet caramel notes. Flavour is more of the same but once in the mouth the bourbon becomes a little too much for me. Just a little less and it really could be excellent. Lovely tangy malt but it is all overshadowed by all the bourbon. Still a mighty fine beer though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2007
Bottle @ Chris Os, again, courtesy of Mr Hogtown. Deepest, dark brown with a malty head and an oily pour. Bourbon is quite apparent in both the taste and aroma, would be at home in a flask, lol. Woody bourbon, malt, coffee and a touch of smoke in the nose. Sweet roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, liquorice, yeast, caramel and cocoa in the flavour with a bourbon burn on the way down. Lush creamy mouthfeel, one to kick back and unwind with. Harry, what can I say really, you came through in a big way!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3389) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
Rating #1900! Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottled 071406. Pours a ridiculously dark and inky black, with an oil-like body and a large brown head that quickly disappears. Warm - no, make that hot - aroma of bourbon, with background notes of coffee, wood and smoke. Thick-as-hell mouthfeel. Flavour - oh yeah, this is good - lots of vanilla and oak, some molasses, caramel, coffee, chocolate... mmmmm. The booziness gets a little overpowering as it warms up, but it just tastes so damn good. Thanks, Harry. Onward to 2000!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ibrew2or3 (8557) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Huge thanks to boboski for this bottle of liquid glory.

12ozer bottled on 07/03/06 consumed about a year later. Dark to darkest pour and thin brown head. I usually take in the aroma before a taste but just the look of this beer overcame me and demanded a sip (Im weak). Cripes! This luscious a taste shouldnt be legal. OK, back to the aroma. The nose is pretty darn big with some bourbon, wood, rich coffee mixed with sweet molasses, dark chocolate, burnt malts and brownies swimming in a thin layer of alcohol. This elixir sludges across my palate with a thick ponderous mouth feel. The taste is much like aroma with bourbon, oak and alcohol starting off. Then the sweeter notes arrive with molasses, sweetened coffee then hints of caramel and toffee. Into the finish the burnt flavors build into sort of burnt fudge brownies sensation. Wow, the after taste goes on forever. YUMM!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2007
WooWhoo #800! This beer glubs glubs out of the bottle.Thick and black.Looks like 20 weight.Huge aromas of bourbon, chocolate and coffee and some smokiness.Flavors swirling around of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of smoke.The alcohol was hidden well.The beer had more flavor be pronounced as it warmed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2007
Very black in colour, thin tan coloured head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass, light lacing along with some alcohol lacing. The aroma is very bourbony, some chocolate, lots of vanilla, cream and lots of alcohol. The flavour wasnt as alcohol filled as I would have thought, the vanilla doesnt hide itself, extreme sweetness, very malty, lots of chocolate. Surprisingly smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium/large body, medium carbonation. Finishes with lots of alcohol, very long and very sweet. Pretty alcohol, very overpowering at times. I dont think that the alcohol will ever mellow.

355ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott.
Opened on July 27, 2007.
Brewed on August 16, 2005.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: November 09, 1997
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: black, thin brown head
Aroma: sweet alcoholic aroma
Flavor: thick and rich chocolate flavor, burbony, hint of the 9% hidden within, aged for 100 days in Jim Beam Bourbon barrels

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: February 21, 2004
rich chocolate and borbon flavor,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: January 15, 2006
Mode: bottle
Score: iiii to ii+
Appearance: pours a slick black oil with a short lived thin brown head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma with a strong bourbon note
Flavor: huge alcoholic bourbon flavor, very fumey, lots of chocolate
Overall: all bourbon

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: November 14, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2005
Score: 4.0 to 4.1
Appearance: black, fine brown head
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma is in perfect balance with the sweet vanilla and bourbon
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of bourbon, vanilla sweetness brinhs out the chocolate and bourbon, lots of alcohol but not to distraction
Overall: like a bourbon chocolate candy

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: December 31, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2005
dark chocolate and bourbon still going strong, picking up some nice sherry notes, sweet caramel and vanilla,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: February 21, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2006
sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma and flavor, very well balanced between the bourbon and chocolate, lots of vanilla brings out the chocolate, sweet licorice, light hot alcohol in the finish but not a distraction,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: December 31, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2006
rich dark chocolate and bourbon like the 05 but without the sherry notes leaving it even richer,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2006
lots of sweet dark fruits, bourbon has mellowed,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2007
sherry is kicking in and fighting with the bourbon, oxidizing sooner than the 06,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: November 01, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar tasting
Vintage: 2008
same wonderful rich chocolate and bourbon, lots of vanilla sweetness, hot as always,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: March 19, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: road trip
Vintage: 2008
none of the heat from before, just the rich chocolate and bourbon,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: December 31, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2008
not the richness of the earlier years, more caramel sweetness, still some heat from the bourbon

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2008
sweet sherry, the younger vintages are not holding up as well as the older ones,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2009
sweet bourbon and chocolate has returned after years of oxidized older vintages,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2010
bourbon is boozy and takes over the chocolate, not as nice and mellow as the year old vintage or the earlier years,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: December 14, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Vintage: 2012
Appearance: black, scant head
Aroma: rich dark chocolate aroma with lots of bourbon
Flavor: rich bourbon flavor, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, touch of caramel
Overall: good balance between the sweet bourbon and rich dark chocolate

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2007
12oz Bottled on 070306. Bourbon, smoked wood, chocolate, roasted barley and vanillia mutiple aromas here on the nose. Black oil body with thin chocolate milk head. Flavor had the texture of a chocolate milk shake. Chocolate and bourbon blend along with the chalky coco was the right mix. Somewhat dry coco chalk on palate but somooth with a heavy forehead afterwards. Alcohol will be felt after liquid is all but disappeared. My wife is one hell of a beer shopper.


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